I read Thom Rainer’s recent post: 10 Traits of Pastors Who Have Healthy Long-term Tenure and saw so many key areas of consideration for women in leadership. Read that article first and then let’s address these to women’s ministry.
1. They pray daily for their church members and women’s team.
One way we develop a heart for women is to pray for them. As you pray for your team, enlist them to also pray for women in your church. Pray to have wisdom to disciple women.
2. They view their family as their first line of ministry.
I’ve said this often, but our family is our first ministry. If we put them off ”to go do ministry” they may develop a negative view of serving and of church in general.
3. They connect with and love people in their community.
Intentionally getting to know women outside the church to better love and serve them keeps us focused on kingdom growth and evangelism.
4. They choose their battles carefully and wisely.
Losing a battle is not the ultimate failure! We must make sure we choose wisely the issues that are truly worthy of taking a stand for. Find ways to make an issue a win-win for all involved.
5. They welcome structures that make them accountable.
We all need accountability, no matter how organized and disciplined we are. Teach your team how to help each other achieve the goals God has given them personally and through team work.
6. They spend time developing servant leaders.
I recently posted an article by Dawn Stephens that discussed intentional ways to develop leadership. One way to leave a strong legacy is by equipping leaders to carry on the ministry when we are no longer in the picture.
7. They expect conflict and criticism.
Most women do not enjoy or look forward to conflict or criticism. But it will happen, so let’s prepare for it, and then seek to grow from it. Ask God to show you what you might learn from a critical comment.
8. They connect with other women’s leaders and ministries in the community.
There is so much to learn from others who also lead women. Connect with leaders in your community to share ideas and concerns. There are a number of worthy ministries in your area that need volunteers to keep them growing. Instead of developing similar ministries, partner with those already established to address community needs.
9. They affirm both theology and practical ministry.
The foundation for ministry with women is always the Word of God. That means we must be in the Word and teaching the Word. But it must be connected to practical application to deal with life issues. Otherwise it’s just head knowledge.
10. They ask long-term questions.
We must always ask ourselves what foundations we are putting in place, based on God’s principles, which will last into the future. Part of this includes how to navigate change to be relevant in each generation while holding tight to Truth.
How are you and your team doing? Are there traits you need to work on? What is your leadership doing well? Evaluate how you serve and lead, and ask God what He wants to say to you as you continue to follow Him.